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California Vegetables
Annual and perennial plants grown as vegetables, for California gardens.
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California Flowering Perennials
California Flowering Perennials
Flowering plants that live for two or more years and are grown primarily for blooms and beauty, for California gardens.
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California Fruit Trees, Citrus
California Fruit Trees, Citrus
Trees and shrubs in the genus Citrus and closely related genera that produce edible fruit, for California gardens.
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California Herbs and Spices
California Herbs and Spices
Edible or useful annual and perennial plants, for California gardens. Plants are generally considered "herbs" when the leaves or green parts are used for flavoring or other purposes. "Spices" are derived from other parts of plants, such as seeds, fruits, roots, and bark.
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A Holiday Kiss Under the…Tree-Killing Parasite?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 2 of 2
A Holiday Kiss Under the…Tree-Killing Parasite?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 2 of 2

You may know mistletoe as a holiday decoration or a romantic accomplice; what you don’t know about mistletoe might result in the decline or even death of your landscape trees. Mistletoe has been a traditional and popular symbol of Christmas for centuries, but its use as a holiday symbol long predates Christianity. Exact origins of […]

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GardenZeus Quick Tips: Protecting Citrus Trees From Trunk Injuries
GardenZeus Quick Tips: Protecting Citrus Trees From Trunk Injuries

Regardless of species and variety, trunks of citrus trees are sensitive to sunburn and subject to injuries from mowers, weed-whackers and other gardening tools. Proper prevention can protect your citrus trees and extend their life span. Citrus bark and cambium are sensitive to sunburn, and sun protection for trunks and branches may be necessary during […]

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Getting Started with Kumquat Trees
Getting Started with Kumquat Trees

Many regions in California, particularly in Southern California, are ideal for growing kumquats.  Kumquat trees are adapted to grow actively during hot summers, and are not damaged by cold winter temperatures. One healthy, productive kumquat tree is adequate for a family, and may produce hundreds or thousands of fruits during a year. To get started, […]

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Orange Trees: Should They Have Companion Plants?
Orange Trees: Should They Have Companion Plants?

GardenZeus recommends against planting under orange trees for the following reasons: 1) healthy trees have a dense, evergreen canopy that blocks sunlight for any lower growing plants; 2) gardeners need access to trees for harvest and pruning; and 3) established citrus plants thrive in dry upper soil conditions. GardenZeus also recommends against using mulch, with […]

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A Holiday Kiss Under the…Holly?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 1 of 2
A Holiday Kiss Under the…Holly?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 1 of 2

A holiday kiss under the mistletoe may be just the thing if you’re hoping for luck in love, a peaceful new year, or merely a second date, at least if you’re willing to rely on age-old folklore and legends. But be careful! If you want that kiss to be effective, make it happen under mistletoe, […]

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